Guest Picks: A Cabinet of Curiosities

Cabinets of curiosities first emerged in the 16th century and became popular since men and women explored the world, discovering great wonders along the way. Part natural, element man-made, part fantastical, the collections were meant to awe, shock and impress. In the event you decide to make your own, you definitely don’t have to shell out money — you only have to go outside and find things that fill you with wonder. — Brandi from Not Your Typical Ordinary

Evan Chambers NIckel Plated Hawk Rocket Lamp with Green Glass – $850

This light would be ideal for a child who’s fascinated with distance. At the right spot, it would be an perfect nightlight — though it will seem like it needs a title.

Blue Coral – $98

Simple but gorgeous, this blue coral could be a beautiful paperweight or accessory on a mantle.

Rectangular Armadillo Tray by John Derian – $185

Animal prints like the one on this tray may be somewhat unusual, but they would make an excellent addition to any formal library.

Megalodon Shark Tooth Fossil – $395

Whether it’s from a mythical dragon or a long-extinct shark, a tooth like this in your coffee table could be an instant conversation piece.

Sikhote-Alin Meteorite – $285

Few objects are more uncommon or marvelous than a meteorite out of distance. And they are such a beautiful reminder that we are all made of stardust. I would keep this 1 right in my desk.

Christopher Marley Limited Edition Mosaic Prism – $4,400

This really is an incredible art piece created from bugs. Your wall won’t ever be the same. And if the actual bugs disturb you, a similar piece may be created from pictures of bugs.

Narwhal Whale Print by Vintage by the Shore – $12

Narwhals were the first unicorns, and their horns were popular bits in people’s cabinets. Fortunately, this piece may be framed, hung on your wall and admired this way instead. Wouldn’t it be adorable for a toilet?

Laboratory Grown Bismuth Crystals – $39

The geometry and the colors in this mineral can hypnotize a guest all evening. It is another great trinket for a coffee table.

Pearled Chambered Nautilus – $29

A bowl of pearly shells like these would make any seashore-inspired room complete.


Hand Carved Museum Quality Wood Antelope – $392

This carved wooden antelope mind is equally somewhat frightening and imposing. It would be an easy addition to a library or den.

Iron Mouse – $21

Strange little bits, these iron mice are fantastic Halloween decorations or decorations for a bookshelf.

Gold Leafed Shells – $110

To get a more expensive shore house or just for bringing some organic glamour into your house, these golden seashells are the thing, particularly on a desk. They’re also an easy DIY project.

Orchid Botanical Poster – $98

You can have these delicate blossom pieces on screen without worrying about them wilting. This piece is so versatile; it’d be amazing in an office, greenhouse, library or living room.

Morpho Butterfly – $98

Butterflies display a few of the most stunning and vivid colors on earth. Any picture of one on a wall or a mantle could have visitors wondering about nature.

Andy Paiko Small Etched Bell Jar – $430

These unusual etched bell jars would be ideal for showcasing a collectible piece in a really unique way. You may need a special stand for them though.

White Owl – GBP 25

A snow white owl is among the loveliest creatures. This faux one could be ideal in the room of any Harry Potter fan, or simply as an unusual addition to your library or workplace.

Set of 6 Bug Prints – GBP 29

Some of the most amazing animals will also be the smallest ones. These prints capture insects in intricate detail and would make a wonderful group of framed pictures.

The Ruby Slippers Automaton by Automaton Man – $2,250

Automata were exceptionally popular with cupboard owners. In 1 instance, an automata wrote out an entire poem. This sweet one, inspired by the Wizard of Oz, clicks its heels together three times and reminds you that there’s no place like home.

Monsters of the Household Variety – $1,200

As you can’t capture those annoying household creatures, you can show off an amazing book full of hand-sewn pictures of these. This coffee table book is really a conversation piece.

Small Stacking Metal Number Trunks – $238

As you may need a means to store your curiosities in some situations, these numbered boxes are a stylish means to do it.

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